Pure Essential Oils Like Young Living are not cheap. Many of my customers wanted to know if Essential oils have an expiry date on them and how long they last.  I want to answer your question do Essential Oils have an expiry date?

Essential oils are sourced from all over the world.

Once distilled, they are shipped in large drums from their country of origin to the packaging plant where the quality testing techniques and packaging are performed.

Proper packaging is a critical part of maintaining the overall efficacy of the essential oils.

First, the oil is funneled into glass bottles with securely closing caps.

Any plastic parts used with essential oils (orifices, lids, etc.) should be made from high quality plastics. This helps prevent erosion of the plastic that can occur with essential oils.

Next the label is applied, and the bottle is stamped with a lot number. Young Living has a date stamp on every label; yr/m/d so they can trace back.

However, the very nature and structure of essential oils makes them extremely stable.

Shelf Life.

Shelf life testing performed on essential oils has shown that essential oils maintain their efficacy even after 5–10 years or more.

Pure, from the ground, plants distilled into oil DO NOT expire and can even last for centuries.   They do not grow mold, yeast, or mildew because they do not contain water and have antimicrobial, anti-viral properties.

Storing essential oils properly also plays a major role in ensuring that essential oils maintain their efficacy and beneficial properties over time.  

In fact, Essential oils have been unearthed in jars in Egypt and were still usable and Dr. Woolley found frankincense resin even after 65+ years of being buried in the sand.

Essential oils are an investment in your health and well-being.

Learning the problems and concerns of storing them is just one important way to protect your wellness investment and maximize their benefits.

  • Store the essential oil in room-temperature conditions and avoid exposure to extreme temperatures (do not leave oils in the car during the summer, on windowsills, etc.).  heat will only affect the rapidity of the evaporation process. Evaporation does not affect its molecular properties; it will only affect the volume
  • Avoid exposing the oils to direct sunlight or other sources of UV rays.
  • Prevent prolonged exposure to oxygen which can cause oxidation of the oil over time (leaving the cap unscrewed, etc.).
  • Tightly secure the caps after each use (prevents the oil from evaporating and decreases exposure to oxygen).

What I love about Young Living is that they not only use technology to create their product, they purposely bring in third-party testing so that consumers can feel confident that they are getting a pure one, which is important when it comes to disintegration or expiring.

Comparing to other oils.

I compared a lot of other oil companies and they use a 3-year expiration date.

Those companies have a concern with their oils.

What are the chemicals in their oils that only allow them to last for 3 years?

Is their oil reactive, is it stable?

Is there something in them that makes them unstable?
So why the expiration date on something that does not, or rather should not expire?

Why would their oils go bad?

Do essential oils have an expiry date?

Are they selling cheaper-grade oils that don’t last?

Are they trying another tactic to sell more oils by telling their customers that their oils expire?

Maybe it is a combination of all of these

What to do when travelling?

If you are anything like me, and you want to take your essential Oils away with you, there is travelling cases to protect the oils. There are many sizes for all occasions.

Where is the best place to display them?

You love your oils and you are not afraid to show it! Display them in your home with a stylish storage shelf like this one. Be sure the display does not get frequent or prolonged sunlight, and then let your oils take center stage!

Can you keep essential oils in the fridge?

Some EO lovers swear by putting their oils in the fridge. Oils do not need to be kept that cold – it’s the consistent climate.

Your fridge stays the same temperature day and night, which helps preserve the oil. Be sure to remove the oil about 12 hours before use so it can return to room temperature.

Why dark glass bottles?

You will notice that all Young Living essential oils come in amber bottles. That is to protect them from light that can alter their delicate composition.

We recommend always storing your essential oils in dark bottles to preserve their quality.

Essential oils are incredibly potent, which means that many oils will dissolve plastic. For this reason, we always keep our oils in glass bottles.

Is it okay to freeze essential oils?

Putting essential oils in the freezer is perfectly safe.

The consistent temperature and lack of light help to preserve your oils. There are some oils—like Rose, Thyme and others—that may have natural components that solidify or crystallize in the freezer

So, I hope I have answered your questions about essential oils having an expiry date?

If you would like to know more about these amazing oils, jump on my website and meet my team who can help you.

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